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Blog #1: Example

  1. I shared this tweet because it illustrates how conservative or liberal larges U.S. cities are. Mesa, Arizona is the most conservative while San Francisco, California is the most liberal.
  2. The data in this tweet/article are from “seven large-scale opinion surveys, conducted between 2000 and 2011.”
  3. A question I have about these data are, what makes people in Mesa, Arizona more conservative (and people in San Francisco more liberal)? Do conservatives move to conservative places or is it something about the place that makes those people conservative?



Disaster and Social Media Blog Posts to Check Out

Income and Political Participation

Check out this graph of mean differences in rates of political participation among income levels from the data collected by students in the Capstone course (survey was of Columbia residents, N is a little more than 600):

Political participation includes voting, making a political contribution, attending a community meeting, attending a school meeting, going to a political protest, etc. It’s just a quick and dirty sum of all the political activities we asked about.

Income is household income, and so we just roughly divided the levels into lower income, middle, and upper.

The relationship between how much money people make and how active they are politically is pretty amazing. Looks like almost perfect linearity.

As I said to class today, if you wonder why politicians don’t care about the poor and are attuned to the needs of the wealthy, well here’s one reason why. The wealthy show up.

Categories: Capstone

Community Information Mapping presentations

Using the Knight Commission’s work on creating informed communities as a starting point, University of Missouri Capstone students recently completed a project to map community information sources in Columbia, Missouri.

This mapping project was a first step in identifying community information needs. As a final project in the class, students will submit a proposal to improve or increase local community information.

Featured below are several of the team mapping presentations from the class.

The first presentation is from the Commies:


This presentation is from the Community Cats:


This presentation is from the Trinity Trackers:

For more information on the Knight Commission report that informed this project, click HERE.

Categories: Announcements, Capstone

Capstone reflections on important community information

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s  a quick tally of the important types of community information mentioned in the Capstone classes’ blog posts:

Disaster, emergency, weather information – 3

News – 3

Connections – 3

Events – 2

Youth information – 2

Community services – 2

Employment – 1

Local policies and laws – 1

Food – 1

Budget information – 1

Volunteer opportunities – 1

Capstone Reflections on Community and Information

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I did a quick tally on your community information blog posts. The class discussed belonging to the following types of communities:

Work – 8

Fraternity/Sorority – 3

Academic organizations – 3

Sports / Exercise – 3

Charity / Volunteer – 2

Living community – 1

Service community – 1

And here are the ways that community members get information from these communities:

Meetings/interactions/classes/talk – 14

E-mail – 13

Website – 10

FaceBook/Twitter – 9

Newsletters/Flyers/Print – 8

Text messages – 2

Mass media (TV/Radio) – 1



Semester Wrap-up

I did a quick count of the good/bad things mentioned in  your final blog posts. Here are the results (number of mentions for each in parentheses):


Nixon/Kennedy – in general and/or the books (13)

Social media/networking and politics/revolution; twitter (9)

Stewart/Colbert; political comedy/satire (8)

Bill Moyers’ “Buying the war” and/or media coverage of war (3)

Changing nature of political participation and communication technology (1)

Graber text (1)


Sunstein – “Republic 2.0” (11)

Making of the President 1960 (2)

Media objectivity (2)

Nixon/JFK, in general (2)

Media use trends

Graber text

Need more discussion of current events not just readings

Categories: Uncategorized